This is the stage that my work diverges from the furniture you often find at the chain furniture retailers. Great care is taken in the selection of the lumber used for your project. This begins at my hardwood supplier which involves selecting the best available boards from large bunks of rough sawn lumber. Next the individual components are laid out on the lumber stock to provide the most pleasing grain patterns. I often purchase oversized lumber for tabletops and door panels. These boards are then resawn and bookmatched which provides excellent grain matching and visual interest. This is a time consuming and labor intensive process. By using such care in the lumber selection, the piece will have such beautiful grain that the finishing process will be all about highlighting the beauty and character of the wood. Commonly, mass production furniture shops rely on opaque stains to conceal mismatched grain and defects.
Another benefit of working with a custom furniture maker is the nearly endless options for wood species. My primary supplier stocks over 100 different species of lumber.
Most of my furniture is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery. This is a time honored joinery technique that will result in furniture that will last for generations to come.
I hope to document some future furniture builds on my blog page so please check back in soon.
Build Pic – Curvy Coffee Table
Build Pic – Tree Table